Argyllshire Advertiser

The true cost of public access


With Scotland’s countrysid­e beginning to open up, NFU Scotland’s head of policy team Gemma Cooper has used the union’s website blog to pose the question, What is the true cost of public access?

While easing Covid restrictio­ns is likely to come as a relief to many, it is already a source of great concern for farmers and crofters as last year saw huge issues with public access.

Organisati­ons such as NFUS were inundated with calls from concerned members – logging problems with out-of-control dogs, livestock worrying, fly-tipping, wild camping, access to farm buildings.

Gemma writes: ‘Access to our fantastic countrysid­e must be better resourced and a long-term strategic approach is a critical part of this conversati­on.’

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